You can hire the chapel at Walton Lea Crematorium for a funeral service. Services usually take place every 40 minutes, however you can hire the chapel for a further 40 minutes if you’d like to.

What happens at the service

You can personalise the funeral service and decide what you want to include.
Here are some things to think about when you’re planning the funeral:

  • Whether you would like a religious or civil service
  • Who you would like to conduct the service, such as a member of the clergy or another religious official, or a civil celebrant
  • Whether you would like to have the curtains drawn across the coffin, or left open
  • Whether you would like to show pictures on the plasma screen during the service
  • Whether you would like to play any music before, during or after the service
  • Who will be collecting the cremated remains
  • What you would like to do with the cremated remains

Please make sure that you let your funeral director, our crematorium staff and the person conducting the service know about your decisions. We’re all committed to making sure the service reflects your wishes and brings you comfort at such a difficult time.

Showing pictures

If you’d like to show pictures on our plasma screen please fill in one of our consent forms which you can get from your funeral director. The funeral director will return the completed form to us, along with a USB device with the pictures on, by 2pm 48 hours before the service. This means we can make sure the pictures are suitable and prevent any technical issues.

We have the fees for using our plasma screen and USB devices on our funeral costs page and you can find out more information and forms on our  arranging a funeral page.

Playing music

Walton Lea Crematorium has the ‘Obitus’ system for playing music at funeral services. There is a very wide range of music available, please speak to your Funeral Director as they will book the music online for you.

Alternatively, you can bring your own music (USB only), but please let us know 24 hours prior to the service.

Our chapel organ is also available to use you can find the fee for this on our funeral costs page.

Live streaming

We can livestream the funeral service with an option to watch again for up to 28 days. We can also provide a keepsake copy on  DVD/Blu-Ray/USB stick. The fees for these options are on our funeral costs page. Your Funeral Director can arrange this for you.


You may like to ask people to donate to a charity or organisation instead of sending flowers. We gratefully accept contributions as a token of remembrance to your loved one, which we use to enhance and improve the crematorium grounds and facilities for everyone.

If you wish to make a donation please contact us. We record the name of your loved one, and each month we display the names of people in whose memory donations have been made.

Forms and paperwork

If you’re using a funeral director, they will arrange the cremation for you and deal with all of the paperwork. If you’re arranging the funeral yourself, you must make sure you give all of the paperwork back to us at the crematorium no later than 10am on the working day before the cremation.

You can find out more information on applying for a cremation, including certificates and authorisation forms on .GOV.UK.

The documents we need are available on the arranging a funeral page:

The ‘Cremation 1’ or ‘CR1’ form

This is an application for cremation of the body. You must fill this in and sign it the presence of someone who knows you.

The Certificate for Cremation or Burial

A green form – you’ll be given this when you register the death.

The ‘Cremation 4’ or ‘CR4’ form

This form is either completed by the doctor who attended the deceased within 28 days prior to death or by the doctor who certified the death and is issued by the hospital where the deceased died or by their GP surgery.

The ‘Cremation 5’ or ‘CR5’ form

The ‘Cremation 5’ or ‘CR5’ is currently not required under the Covid 19 Act.

Written instructions

Write down what kind of service you have chosen, what you would like to include, what you would like to do with the ashes afterwards, and any other information that we need to know.

If the coroner has been involved, we need a Coroners Order for Cremation instead of the green form and the CR4 and CR5 forms.

Strewing, interment and memorials

After the cremation, you will need to decide what you’d like to do with the cremated remains. We can hold them for 28 days after the cremation has taken place, free of charge, after 28 days we charge a small fee for storage. You can find this on our funeral costs page.

Or you can collect them. We will only give the cremated remains to you, or to someone else if you let us know in writing, in advance. You, or the person you have authorised to collect, must bring proof of identity such as a driving licence or passport.

There are places in our beautiful gardens where we can scatter the ashes, or you can inter the remains in a plot in our Garden of Remembrance. Find out more about strewing and interment at Walton Lea Crematorium.

You may also like to remember your loved one with one of our memorials at Walton Lea.

You can find a full list of all the options for a funeral and their fees on our funeral costs page.

Get in touch

If you need to contact our bereavement services, please email our bereavement services team or call us on 01925 267731

14 June 2023